Armando Mariño, Untitled (Colonial Heritage Series), 2003
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Calling it “a significant addition to contemporary collecting portfolios,” Phillips has announced a special section of contemporary Cuban art in its upcoming Latin American sale—a first for a major auction house.

Manuel Mendive, El ave (The Bird), 1985
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The lots in the curated stand-alone section include works by such international figures as Los Carpinteros, Carlos Garaicoa, and Manuel Mendive, whose career-spanning retrospective opens this month at the Frost Art Museum in Miami after its debut run in Los Angeles.

Carlos Garaicoa, Acerca de la caja del reloj y del tiempo que se ha ido, 1995-2000; one of five cibachrome prints
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Garaicoa is represented with a suite of five photographs, Acerca de la caja del reloj y del tiempo que se ha ido, 1995-2000, which Phillips is spotlighting as one of the highlights of the sale. Sin Título (Sikán, Nasakó y Espíritu Santo), 1993, an embossed collograph by Belkis Ayón, is among the artist’s most widely cited and reproduced works. A large-scale watercolor by Los Carpinteros, Mueble gordo (Fat Furniture), 2003, whimsically explores the transformative potential lurking in everyday objects.

Glexis Novoa, Live TV, 2002
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Other artists in the sale include Armando Mariño, whose Untitled (Colonial Heritage Series), 2003 implies the colonial past of everyday objects through the unexpected addition of human legs, and José Toirac, whose Eternity, 2000, conflates Cuban and capitalist iconography to telling effect. The sale also features works by Tania Bruguera, Sandra Ramos, Umberto Peña, René Peña, Glexis Novoa, among others.

In a statement about the sale, Phillips noted that “Contemporary Cuban art is poised to make a broader mark on the international art arena, and Phillips is proud to highlight the following works in this Latin American auction.”

A portion of the proceeds from the works in this section (Lots 44-70) will benefit the acquisitions fund of El Museo del Barrio. The Phillips Latin American sale will take place on Thursday, November 21 at 4 p.m.

Umberto Peña, Tu Nooo, 1967
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